Bluntness

I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Non Sequitur

 Friday Morning.  Yesterday was less productive than I anticipated.  This happens.  I slept in because I was up late... or I should say I went to bed and then got up a little before midnight because Biggie had to go out.  Normally, I fall back to sleep rather fast.  That didn't happen.

I downloaded my MRI yesterday so I could see why my lumbar spine looks like.  I needed to also get a special app.  Several are available.  I chose something called Mango since I like the fruit.  The slides I looked at yesterday were all vertical, I want to see it horizontally.  It's difficult to make out specifics on individual slides, so I'll have to play around.

Still no call from UPMC.  Interestingly enough, my back seems to be realigning itself, or something else is happening.  I don't have nearly the pain I had 2 months ago.  The same thing happened 6 years ago.  Could this be a little of Cura te ipsum?

Alec Baldwin was involved in a fatal firearm accident yesterday on a movie set.  This morning, as I scanned down through Facebook to see if my Navy buddies had posted anything, I saw people were posting pictures of him supposedly taken after the incident.  Losers. I don't understand why people need to post this shit, or even worse, why people like to look at it.

I made a tasty chicken dish for dinner last evening:  boneless chicken breast, fresh tomatoes, lemon, and basil.  No recipe, just me playing around.  Simply scrumptious.


A group of five veterans, Kristen Sinema's advisory panel on Veteran's Affairs quit.  They did not claim that she is a non sequitur, and even though that is normally a literary device, in this case, as far as her being a politician it fits.  They were very specific about her absurdly confusing, non performance as a Senator.  An aid of hers released a generic statement which unequivocally said nothing.  She is, without a doubt, the sum total of her words in this, and in so many other matters.




Thursday, October 21, 2021

Freezing Republicans

 Well, this is my weekend.

I've been watching "Another Life," a science fiction series on Netflix... or, I thought it was going to be a series.  Last evening I watched the last 4 episodes of season 2 and, well, the series seems to be over.  As usual, humankind once again saves the galaxy from the evil space aliens who turn out to be disembodied flashing lights.  The writing definitely lacked sophistication.  Spoiler alert!  Infecting the aliens with a virus is the key, just like in War of the Worlds, and that more recent ripoff Independence Day.

The weather's supposed to be very nice today, so I'm thinking of doing some yard work: cutting things back and cutting things down.  As long as I'm near a heating pad things work great.  Tomorrow, I may try a ride on the bike and see how that feels.

We're working on setting up another Zoom meeting for my Navy friends.  Every one is retired for the most part, my schedule is flexible, yet one individual seems to think these things need to be held on a Saturday.  I don't understand that.  Wouldn't you be more likely to be home on a weekday?  Interesting.

Tonight's supposed to be movie night, I haven't heard from my movie friend yet, so it may get delayed.

Odd things crossing my mind:  how brittle does a body get if it's frozen.


Oops, sorry, wrong frozen body.

And, of course, today's the day the House votes to send the Bannon issue to the Justice Department.  You can bet, if it is today, most Republicans will vote against it.  Those dumb shits are on some seriously thin ice.  If they think the freeze in Texas was bad last winter, they ain't seen nothing yet.  Vote Blue, then grab your pick and start picking away.



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Good and the Funny

Okay, so today's Wednesday and supposedly it's the middle of the work week, however, that is rarely the case when you work in retail.  Being a part-timer in retail definitely takes that definition off of the table.  Perhaps, if I were a Republican, I might suggest a name change to Indictment Day, but I'm not, and I don't believe the indictment will come until tomorrow.  Of course, if I were Jeff Fortenberry, that would have been yesterday... ah, but more on that later.

For me?  Yesterday was a day of accomplishment, with getting my lawn mowed at the top of the list.  Also on that list is bread being baked, laundry laundered, and tapestry hung (that's right, I bought a tapestry.  There were other sundry things which achieved completion. 

Another cheery bit of news is that Rachel Levine has been promoted to the rank of a four star Admiral.  This woman is not only breaking records, she's making extreme history.  More power to her!

And then I got this laugh sent to me on Twitter.  Of course, I had to share.  These people are the primary reason Democrats and Independents need to vote in force, because these losers go to the polls, sometimes 2 or 3 times.  I loved the bit about the balloon plane.



I understand the Orange Anus was deposed for 4.5 hours yesterday.  I'm wondering how many time he spit out The Big Lie.    I understand they're going to go after in in Scotland, too, because he destroyed a protected natural habitat to build a golf club that's losing money.  He lied back when he got approval.  But then, do you really think he care about the environment?

And the investigating committee for January 6 voted for the Justice Department to go get Bannon.  Grab you popcorn, this should be entertaining.  

Oh, and that Cracker Jack Crazy, anti-abortion Senator Jeff Fortenberry?  A Grand Jury indicted him for taking money from an Algerian businessman... twice.  Jeffy lied about it because... well, he's Cracker Jack Crazy.  He will lie through his teeth and then ask for Forgiveness like a broken record, over, and over, and over again, because all you need to do is believe and ask for forgiveness.  This loser needs to go.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Explosive

 Off today, temps are supposed to be in the low 70's (F) and I need to mow the lawn.  Two years ago the summer was wet, the grass stayed green, and mowing was frequent, but not as frequent as this year.  Rather than the normal 4 -5 week stretch with out rain, the skies over Central PA have rained down upon us with almost consistent regularity.  I'm a little tired of the rain.  And, of course, people are wondering about what the winter's going to look like, and how frequently we'll be getting snow.

An interesting aspect of going part-time is the decreasing need for me to take my own lunch to work.  This was something that never occurred to me, but this detail turns out to be a bit of a savings.  Shopping at my local Giant always entailed buying the necessary ingredients to cook 5 lunches every week.  Now there's extra meat in my freezer and I'm saying "wow, I'd better start cooking."

Tonight was supposed to be movie night, but that's been changed to Thursday, so you'll have to wait for my comments.

One of the interesting things about this past summer was that the dahlias that I left winter outside have bloomed continuously week, after week, after week.  I just ran out and took this picture.  The roses are still blooming, too, but the explosive pink of the dahlias steals the show.


And, of course, Loser #45 has sued to keep the National Archives from releasing documents relating to January 6 because... well, he probably doesn't want Americans knowing how much he was cheering on the rioters and insurrectionists.  The funding for this lawsuit is not coming from his own pockets, however, nope. This thing's being paid for by MAGA money; all those dollars mini-losers sent his super-pac to 'stop the steal.'  That money can be used for just about anything he wants, and right now he's desperately trying to keep those explosive documents out the hands of the House investigating committee.


Monday, October 18, 2021

That's Fine With Me

Temperature wise, we have another cool one out there, with the high only supposed to hit 62 (F).  That's fine with me.  Seasons change.  Temps are going to warm up again, don't worry.  Starting tomorrow forecasters around here are expecting highs to be in the mid-70's again.  This means that on my day off there will a mowing of the lawn... and a movie tomorrow night.  Wednesday's a work day, but then Thursday and Friday are scheduled off.  That's fine with me.

Everything seemed fine yesterday when I got home from work, until I went upstairs to change out of my work clothes.  I found the remnants of a can of fish food (fish chips) lying on the bed.  Most of it had been consumed by one or two boxers who will remain nameless to protect the innocent.  The fish didn't like the food and often let it just sink to the bottom of the tank, so I was glad someone enjoyed it.

I had been going to use the lyrics from this song in the new book, a chapter in which Bobby Tussel hangs out at the PF on Pomfrete, but chose something else.  This is a really great Halloweeny update by Broken Peach.  Usually the guys stay silent, but not on this one and that's fine with me.  (oh, shit, I just saw Fearsome posted the same vid.  Hope you all love it!)



This is the week in which they vote to arrest Steve Bannon.  That smarmy assed sack of shit needs to be held accountable.  Of course, during that 4 year period when that disgraced degenerate, the Orange Anus, was in the White House, subpoenas were routinely ignored.  The Republicans in power were always singing a sour chorus of 'that's fine with me.'  Now floating around in a boat riddled with lies and holes and will have to pay the price.  I'm hoping Bannon gets taken into custody.  Honestly, he will shriek out more lies, but I don't care.  Having his ass behind bars is fine with me.
 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Danny, Say it's So

 Thunderstorms yesterday brought a change of temperature, so I turned the heat on before I went to bed rather than wait to see how cold it was going to get.  Good Thinking.  This morning it was a cool, chilly willy 43 (F) outside.  Inside?  A comfy 71 (F).  Getting older, that seems to be my 'go to' temp.  

Work was steady yesterday - I got 3 measures.  Not bad.  They still have not flipped the button making my part-time status official.  This does 2 things I don't like: keeps me from tweaking my schedule ( work until 7 this evening and back in at 0800 tomorrow morning), it also keeps my metrics high; part-timers have lower goals since they have less hours to meet them.

Social Security is giving me a nice increase, a 5.9% raise to keep up with the cost of living.  That's a nice increase.  Interestingly enough, I had just mentioned to Bathwater that I couldn't remember the last I got a 5% increase.  Well, now I can.

I'm going ahead with the new roofs.  The expected start date is towards the end of November.  That's fine with me.  After that, I'm planning on having some electrical work done, which I suspect will be just as pricey.  

Daniel Craig says he used to go to gay bars for 2 reasons, to keep from getting into fights, and to meet women...   To be honest, the only time I saw a fight was at the Strawberry on 2nd Street during the crush to get to the bar for last call.  As for the women...  only the occasional, usually showing up with their bestie gay guy and not looking for romance.


I understand GOP donors are handing money over to Sinema, this from the Insider.  This would not surprise me.

Finally, it seems as though 22% of Republicans believe the Orange Anus is going to be reinstated before the end of the year.  Who could ask for more conclusive evidence of their stupidity?  Will they turn out to vote?  Don't know.  What I do know is that Democrats and Independence need to turn out in droves for every election possible.  This should be a chilling thought: you can't even imagine the damage Republicans would do to this country if they were to regain control of either the House or the Senate.  Vote Blue


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Biggie and the Spanish Guitar

 Well, a happy Saturday morning to you all, unless, of course, you're in Australia, then it's a happy Sunday morning.

I get to go to work today.  As usual, I always brown bag it (take my own lunch).  Just call me frugal.  A number of those I work with order out using one of the delivery services, one my fellow associates loves Door Dash (someone has much more disposable income then I do).  Or, because there are a number of fast food restaurants within a 5 minute ride, they eat fat rich, sodium extravagant fast food.  My lunches are always home made and healthy, and always include fresh fruit.  Today desert is going to be blueberries and bananas.

For quite a long time, I would sit down and write in total silence.  That's been changing.  Music is now almost always in the background.  Sometimes classical, sometimes folk music.  Last night French folk music was playing, though most of the songs were about New France i.e. Canada and Quebec.  Lily could care less what's playing.  Biggie, on the other hand, seems to enjoy music.  The night before last Spanish guitar music was playing and this is what he did.  I almost didn't post this because the light reflections seem a bit garish. 


Interestingly enough, that one specific school board in Texas which made headlines about needing apposing view of the holocaust has suddenly done a back flip.  These racists, and bigots, and white supremacists don't like to be scrutinized.

Another group of Cracker jack Crazy Conservatives that's soon to be list as a hate group is the Moms for Liberty.  This group of hate mongering women is trying to infiltrate school boards to upend curriculum they don't feel is Conservative enough.  That's right, it's another damn minority group trying to force their socially conservative beliefs onto the majority.  These women are ugly and hateful.  Keep them out of politics before they have a chance to spread their cancer.

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Texas Taliban

 So another none Friday has arrived.  I'm off today and, as usual, working the weekend.  My next day off isn't until Tuesday, after that it's Thursday.  I mentioned to the scheduler that I want Consecutive days off.  Working every other day is too much like working full time.  She has yet to actually make me part-time in the system.  Once she does that I can set up my own availability.  I don't what is taking her so long.  That should have been one of the first things she did last Monday morning, prior to writing schedules for the week.

Sheetz Roofing is going to get a call this morning with the go-ahead to shingle my roofs.  Working at the largest home improvement retailer in the world does give me access to 'professional' opinions, and across the board, every body I talked to said I was getting a deal.  I pretty much knew that, but it never hurts to check.

I ordered new running / walking shoes and they arrived yesterday.  Asics.  Very decent quality.  I've been wearing the last pair I bought to work, and to mow the lawn, and... well all over the place and they now look very well worn.  The new ones are definitely not meant to be worn anywhere other than on a treadmill.


And what about that Cracker Jack Crazy state of Texas, home of the Texas Taliban?  Well, they're not really Muslim so we can't say they are completely Taliban, they're Crazy Christians with a 2 term Governor who believes the only way to stay in power is to out crazy the craziest.  Only 40% of the population is white, yet white Cracker Jack Crazy Republicans have redrawn the maps to attempt to gerrymander themselves into power for another 10 years.  The state removed an LGBTQ page meant to help and provide answers to youth because an anti-LGBTQ loon started shrieking his loon tunes about its evil.  The Southlake School District, a site for home grown Texan white supremacy, has stated that there needs to be a balance to books talking about the holocaust...  that's right school library's need to offer opposing views regarding that Nazi horror.  I do not doubt for a second that the state will become a magnet for hate groups, since that appears to be the only way they can grow their MAGA base.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Weightless

 Okay, so I get to go back to work today.  I'll still be going in for an 8 hour shift, however I'm starting earlier, 0900.  This is going to be different.  When I leave, traffic will be heavy, one of the reasons I never took the early shift.  The schedule which was posted yesterday for 3 weeks out has me up to 29.5 hours... again, so I'm going to have to make some changes.

Walked another mile on the treadmill yesterday.  I get more mileage at work, but that's accomplished over an 8 hour period.  Walking a mile without a break is the better workout out.  I don't know which provides the best physical therapy, but I'm betting it's the treadmill.

I printed off that picture of my sister, brother, and myself, framed it, and dropped it off at my sister's yesterday.  She told my my brother in law had to get a Covid test because one of his co-workers got sick.  He's an anti-vaxxer MAGA of the first degree, and she said he was furious.  She and I  are vaccinated.  Yesterday, we had a really good laugh at him.

In case none of you have heard, William Shatner went to the edge of space yesterday.  It made me feel good.  Now, I know there are a lot of whiny people out their shrieking about billionaires.  Let's be honest, our government isn't doing much to get us out into space.  The Russians are slowly shutting down their space program.   In fact, the only country working to get man back on the moon is China.  So if it takes billionaires to get us out into space, more power to them.

Weightless

Will they jail Steve Bannon for ignoring his subpoena?  I hope to hell they do.  Of course, he's going to try and make himself into a martyr, but only to a shrinking MAGA base, (thank you Covid for providing a slow Judgment).  We need to take a big bite out of that asshole's ego.

And evidently the Orange Anus had some sort of rally in Iowa...? Idaho?  (those conservative 'i' states always confuse me).  While a number of MAGI attended, their enthusiasm was rather constrained, possibly because the only song he sang was that broken record called The Big Lie.




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Separated At Birth

Holy Crap!  I slept late!  and went to bed around my usual time  2230.  Turning my alarm off this morning was not a good idea.  Crap.  Instead of my normal, healthy breakfast, I'll be wolfing down a nuked chimichanga.  How's that for great nutrition?

Yesterday I walked a little over a mile on the treadmill wearing the portable heating pad, which doesn't really work that well.  Could that be why I slept so much?  Don't really think so.  Rather than pain now, I have discomfort which is manageable.  My prescription for 500 mg naproxen arrived this morning so that should help.  Mostly, right now, I want to stop walking with a stoop.  As Cori, the woman who does my book covers pointed out, "you're walking like you're 90."

My front porch and side roofs need to be replaced.  The estimate arrived this morning.  $1400 Wow!  Fifteen years ago I had my main roof replaced for the same cost.  My, how things change.  And there will be an additional fee if they need to replace any of the wood.  Son of a bitch.  I will bite the bullet and use my SS to cover the expense, since the guy's dependable.  He's did my main roof back at the dawn of time.

I saw this in Marc Alexander's blog Voenix Rising, and just had to steal it from him.  I can't say I've never seen Mitch looking so... loverly.

Speaking of McTurtle, evidently the GOP is ready to give him his walking papers after he blinked on the debt ceiling.  If you haven't realized it yet, they would destroy the America in their attempt to gain control.  They don't care about human beings, just power, and their need to make this a fascist society.  The Election approaches.  Vote them into oblivion.  Vote Blue.  And you Democrats and Independents in Virginia?  We're counting on you!

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Revolutionary Thinking

Well, here we are... Tuesday.  Sunday I had over 10,000 steps in, yesterday?  Only 5465.  I wanted yesterday to be a rest day.  This is how training works... a lot of steps one day, recovery stage, and then another day with a lot of steps.  Today there are chores planed.  I need to go to PetSmart as well as grocery shopping (I'm running low on paper products, and I thought I'd stock up, just in case).  The idea occurred to me that since I purchased that portable heating, I might as well try using it while I'm on the treadmill where there are a lot less layers of clothing.  Wearing it to work proved to be very ineffective.

Yesterday, almost to my horror, I subscribed to SiriusXM, but only for a year.  $4.99 + taxes and royalties = $5.62 a month.  After that, however... well... I don't want to spend nearly $17 a month when I only listen to one station.  That is not what I call getting enough bang for my bucks.

Yesterday was Indigenous People's Day.  Today is Columbus Day.  For those who need to be reminded, Columbus did not discover America, however he did prove to the scholars of his day the reason you could move beyond the horizon was because the Earth was round.  That was revolutionary thinking back then, so recognize him for that fact and only that fact.

As for Indigenous People's Day? There is a group called the Icollective, a group of indigenous chefs, working to bring indigenous recipes to the world.  As someone who toys with words, I appreciate their punniness.  Give them a look see, you might find something interesting.

Picture is from the Washington Post


I'm sure there were a lot of Conservative voices complaining, they always do when someone else is getting recognized.  They whine so much.

And what about Abbott, Texas' lackey governor issuing an Executive Order outlying mask and vaccine mandates?  For those who don't know, this is fascism masquerading as democracy.  Those stupid MAGAs think this represents freedom, when in actuality what we are seeing is a malignant attempt to control.  Rules are enacted creating illegalities.  Like their absurdly unconstitutional abortion law, they are attempting to vilify that majority group who believes differently.  They will continue until we vote these losers out of office.


Monday, October 11, 2021

Now, isn't this exciting?

To celebrate my transition to part-time, I bought a small bottle of merlot and watched 2 movies.  Now, how's that for excitement?  The first was "Wave," about a landslide into a fjord in Finland.  Decent amount of tension, however the ending?  The electricity was still on in certain areas, and that was highly questionable.

They 2nd was an old, old Disney movie "In Search of the Castaways," with Haley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, and Wilfred-Hyde White.  There were some Oscar nominees and in that cast who had more than a little talent.  I saw the film back in 1962 when Disney released it.  Loved it back then, last evening I found it amusing.  Here's a clip.  Special Effects were done by Ray Harryhausen.


And this late posting is because I did choose to sleep in this morning.  I don't have to go back to the store for 3 days, and many chores have been planned.

Also, while I have a lot to say about the evil Republican Empire, I'll save most of it for later... except for this smarmily amusing bit.  Evident on Loser #45's trip to Saudi Arabia, he as given gifts that were illegal, and, of course he kept them because why should he be concerned about legalities.  Well, it seems like the leopard and white tiger robes were fake, died just like his skin, to make him believe he was getting something much more expensive than it actually was.  Now, isn't that just furry?


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Goodbye Full Time!

Today is Sunday.  Today is also my last day as a full-time associate.  I will celebrate this evening by stopping off on the way home and picking up a small bottle of wine (I don't do the large bottles anymore).  People ask me, "are you retiring?" Then I tell them I'm still working part-time.  Some understand, some don't.  Personally, I think retirement is a bad word, to me it implies being put out to pasture: you retire something that is no longer useful.  That's a terrible thing to tell a human being, that they're no longer useful.  The opposite of useful is useless.  Sadly, there are some who don't understand this.  Friends have told me "I've worked all of my life, I don't want to work anymore."  Not me, and not for many other retirees.  Some travel, some take courses, they go to they gym, they get involved with causes.  Retirees volunteer.  Many still work part-time jobs because no one wants to spend their last years sitting on their and slowly feeling more and more useless.

Rain is in the forecast for today.  This means should be slow at the store.  Yesterday we were busy until mid-afternoon, and then things slowed down.  I was not bothered at all.  In fact, the lack of business allowed me time to walk.  I got in over 7500 steps.  Back when my disc issue erupted, I was lucky if I managed to walk 2000 steps.  This is a sign of improvement.  Walking is always good for back issues if you can get past the pain.  I have this sneaking feeling that by the time they get around to giving me my shot, I won't need it.  That's fine with me.

Maureen Dowd has an interesting piece in today's New York Times about the Supreme Court.  They are going to be making decisions supporting a minority viewpoint, and for some reason that's not sitting too well with them.  They don't want to be branded as hacks, yet they are running head first into the branding iron.  She's dead on when she makes a point about the Bush / Gore election, when they chose to stop a recount.  That was the moment when they first started eyeing up that branding iron.  The sad truth is that like most Conservatives, they don't give a shit about America.  They're too selfish.  They don't care that a large majority of Americans thinks they're hacks, and losers.  They have that "we're in charge, so shut up mentality."  America is Centrist.  America is diverse.  And they hate those two words because they take the control they crave out of their hands.  Vote the Blues out.  Vote them into oblivion.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Don't Blink

I'd say "hello weekend," but most of my weekends will be filled with work.  My days as a part-time associate will fall mostly during the week.  This is fine with me.  There are many who believe that Saturday and Sunday are the only days of the week when you can get things done. Mais non, mon frère.  I learned quite a few years ago that the days of the week are much more suited for accomplishment.  There are always fewer crowds, no matter where you go.  Honestly now, wouldn't you rather not have to wait in line for 10 - 15 minutes to check out at a grocery store, or big box home improvement store.  As for going out on a Friday night, I don't need to be surrounded by a crowd to know I'm having a good time.

The weather forecast for today and tomorrow is rain.  That's fine. I work.  This will keep some of the crowds away.

Oh, and for all of you holiday lovers, our set-up crew began unpacking Christmas this past week.  That's right, we've got Halloween raging next to the registers, and Kris Kringle down near the green house.  And, in case you're wondering, people are buying this shit already.  Damn!

Meet our new Lumber Associate

At the NYT, Ezra Klein has published an which looks at projections made by David Shor, and thinks they look bad for the Democrats.  The read is interesting, however, I feel seriously flawed.  He pretty much says to ignore the past and poll the people to find out what it is they want, and then have candidates offer the voters what they desire.  His idea of ballot splitting being non-existent and thereby hurting the Democrats is odd.  Nobody I know actually splits their ballots.  They have always voted straight down party lines. Maybe it's just me, but while I like Ezra, I think here he comes across as a bit of fanboy.

Oh, and the Republicans are furious with McConnell over the debt ceiling.  They're shrieking he blinked.  The MAGA base doesn't realize that not blinking would have made them look even worse then they already are, and the default would have fallen directly into their own laps.  They would rather kill the country rather than blink.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Voting by Mail

 Hello to Friday.  This is my almost Hump Day, since I only work 4 days this week.  Monday begins another 3 days off, which I will enjoy.  I will be hanging a tapestry, and cleaning the aquarium.

Speaking of my aquarium, the angelfish laid another clutch (I think that's what it's called) of eggs.  This time they were on the heater.  They hovered over them for a few days, and then they were gone, all of them.  Food no doubt.  They're fish.  Everything is instinctual.

I'm still waiting for the phone call letting me know about my cortisone shot.  I hope it happens soon.  Though I do have to admit things are slowly improving, the same way they did 6 years ago, though back then I walked with a cane.  Where I was waking up every 2 hours to sit against heating pad for 45 minutes, I'm now either sleeping through the entire night or getting up once for a twenty minute heat therapy session.

Last night I woke up around midnight, and though I probably didn't need it, enjoyed a session while I sat at the computer filling out my ballot for November's election.  One thing I find tremendous about voting by mail is the fact that I can research the candidates on my computer.  Too often when you step into the voting booth, you look at all of the names and say to yourself "who the hell are all these people."  When you have 4 Democrats running for 1 position, you want to make sure you chose the most qualified, right?  I wouldn't be surprised if this was another major reason Republicans hate mail-in voting; you can research the candidates and make an educated decision, rather than chose the most attractive candidate, or the one who's name sounds familiar.

For example, this year one of the candidates for a judgeship was endorsed by some 'right to life' group.  This judge, a woman, did not get my vote.

Here's a catchy little tune from The Wombats.  Could these lyrics show up in my next book?


Speaking of books, I'm moving on to Chapter 23 of The Body in Repose, which means there are about 11 or 12 more to go, and then there will be a bit of rewrite before I unleash this thing upon my readers.  And, as usual, my mind has already begun moving to the next.  I had wanted to send Eli and Max to Pamplona and bullfights, and toreadors, but then...  this picture jostled into the front of my mind: red woolen gloves, fingertips, ice, blowing snow and snow mobiles on Mackinac Island.  Could all of this be inching me towards The Body Under Ice?






Thursday, October 7, 2021

The MRI

 So, I had my MRI yesterday (no pics yet). though I received a call from my Dr. around 1:30 (PM) with the results.  They are pretty much what I was expecting.  L1 is bulging and L2 is in the process of spitting out its disc jelly.  Ouch.  My pain right now is nowhere near what it was 6 weeks ago.  To me, that signifies improvement.  Nerves from L1 and L2 run down the front of your leg, hence the fiery discomfort in my quads and knee caps.  This also explains why now and then my quads will get tingly, like the muscles are falling asleep.  I haven't actually seen the pictures yet, but the VA is going to upload them to my file so I'll be able to watch those snazzy videos from the comfort of my gaming chair.  In the meantime, here's a diagram.


Six years ago L4 and L5 were in the process of fusing naturally, L5 and S1 had already fused.  L3 was bulging badly.  Basically, the process is slowly moving up my spine.  I'm interested in seeing if L3 and L4 have fused.  Since the pain has decreased, I suspecting the fusion process is underway.  For the time being, I'm going to opt for an injection of steroids.  As my doctor said, that will pretty much eliminate the pain, however it does nothing to correct the issue.  However, if the fusion process is happening naturally, I don't see why I should submit to surgery for a quick fix, so to speak.  So, right now I'm waiting for a call to tell me where and when to go for my injection.

Politically, wasn't it interesting to see Mitch McConnell blink regarding the debt ceiling?  While the Republicans are trying to spin this in their direction, old Mitch has suddenly decided is comment about "no compromise" only had traction in the MAGA base.  Ever other voters was looking at him and wondering why he was being such a dick.  By the way, the answer to that is:  he's a Republican.

Oh, and saw where the Arizona Democrats have already found a replacement for Sinema.  First they follow her into the restroom so she can't pinch a loaf in private, and now they've settled on someone they consider better qualified to fulfill the Democrat agenda.  Don't worry.  She's not upset.  She doesn't care.  That's how phonies are.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time Constraints

Short one today because I'll be leaving the house early for my MRI.  Time constraints.  I usually work very well with them.  

Baked a loaf of my delicious Italian bread yesterday; love that stuff.  However, I also bought, and ate, a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting.  That's right, the whole thing.  Damn.  I am going to blow up like a house.  We need to get this back fixed fast.

I went to see Venom last evening.  I liked it a lot, and not just because Tom Hardy stars, though his acting skills do bring a tenor of legitimacy to the super hero roll.  The bit surprise was Woody Harrelson.  Holy Crap!  I haven't seen a serial killer played with such pathos since Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.  It's PG-13, so there's not 'F' bombs, but there is pretty much action / violence.  I might have to rent this baby and watch it again.

 

Michael Beschloss posted a funny Tweet.  I need to learn how to copy Tweets and post them here.  Since I can't, as of yet, I'll paraphrase:  "Oh my, someone has just been kicked off the list of the 400 richest people in the world.  I guess this means his aides are going to be playing a lot of show songs."

Later, Y'all.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Free Thinkers

 I slept in again today.  That's becoming a bit of a habit, not necessarily a bad one either.  That's a sign my back is improving, no painful muscle spasms waking me up every 2 hours, and no need to apply a heating pad for 45 minutes.  With a return of the sleep come the odd dreams again.  Last night I dreamt I was investigating deaths in high rise nursing homes and instead of finding bad stuff, everyone was nice, plying me with food... on every floor.  They were so nice, I found myself doing laundry in the basement using jet powered washers, until I finally ended up at the dessert tables (plural) at my college reunion.  Food played a major role.

As for my back, an MRI has been scheduled for tomorrow morning.  Getting the call was a bitch.  My phone kept thinking the Radiology Department at the VA was a spam caller and kept disconnecting.


I understand Kristen Sinema is not happy.  Now, isn't that a shame.  Some say she's trying to be an iconoclast, I say she's stuck in 'free thinker' mode.  Look at her history.  She was with the Green Party for a while, then a Bernie Babe, and now... well, she got enough Democrats in Arizona to voter for her to get her into the Senate.  She has always been a free thinker.  She likes that, to be able to change her mind when she wants, to choose a different viewpoint because it tickles her neurotransmitters differently.  She doesn't want to explain herself, and so rarely gives interviews, and her statements are mostly framed by negatives.  She's being badgered to explain herself, and she can't.  To do so would mean she stood for something.  Free thinkers rarely stand for anything which will lock them down.  Getting behind something, giving reasons why you object to something, or are voting against something takes away your freedom.  Believe me, she will never stand for anything.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Puritanical Hell

 I'm not really official yet, not until the end of this week, however the thought of working and 40 hour week was not what I wanted, so I scheduled a vacation day - 3 days off, four  on.  My new part-time schedules are interesting so far.  Two weeks out, I'm scheduled for 29.5 hours, which is my book is bordering on full-time.  This may have to be changed.

People keep asking me what I'm going to do now that I'm part-time.  Why is that so important to them?  There is no specific agenda, in case you're wondering.  More free time to do what ever I want, what ever that is.

Tis the season of mice, and since they're not likely to stop breeding, mousetraps were picked up yesterday.  I used to buy white plastic ones, however, they barely survived a season, so this year they have been replaced by wooden ones.

And, of course, the Supreme Court's new session begins today, and the justices are being scrutinized... and they don't like it one bit.  They claim they're not using the 'shadow docket,' even though there's no way for them to hide how often they are using... the 'shadow docket.'  This court was loaded for one purpose, to give the religious zealots in the country the power they're dirty hearts have been craving for so very, very long.  What kind of life do these Cracker Jack Crazies want for America?  Look to the Puritans if you want am idea.  Yep, they wants to live a life of prayer, and worship, and Puritanical Hell.  The voters of American need to stand up for their personal rights and put these crazies out to pasture.  Shut them up.  Shut them out.  Shut them down.

  

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Cough, Cough

 And here it is, Sunday morning.  After today, I'm going to have 3 consecutive days off as I move into my part-time status.  One thing that's going to change is the way I do laundry: all in one day.  That doesn't need to be the case anymore.  I can do a load one day, a load the next, and so on and so forth, if the mood strikes me.  Will I?  Nah,  I like getting it out of the way.

Yesterday was rather busy at work... in the morning and early afternoon, and then the customers thinned out.  Evidently there was Penn State football on TV last evening.  Being an hour and 15 minutes south of the university, just about everybody in the area is a fan.  At one time, when I was growing up, they were one of the winningest teams in college sports.  I don't think they're so much now-a-days.  Too many controversies.  The god Paterno turned out to be much less than a demi-god.  One thing, and many of you may find this difficult to believe but traffic is always terrible when there's a home game, even this far south.  Before Covid, (cough, cough) this is what Beaver Stadium looked like, and yes, it is called Beaver Stadium.


There are at least 2 associates out with Covid at the store.  One of them called off for 2 days, and then came back to work before being diagnosed (cough, cough).  An anti-vaxxer Republican, if you had any doubts.  Nationally, the infection rate is declining, however, that's only the case when you look at the entire country, and those states with a high vaccination rate.  Those states, like Alaska, and Wyoming, and Texas, and other Red States, where the anti-vaxxers dominate, people are still dying.  Over 3000 a day, and mostly anti-vaxxing Republicans.  I was talking to a fellow associate yesterday pointed out that this was a lot like watching Judgment (Cough Cough).  And I had to agree, this is like watching Slow-Mo Judgement.



Saturday, October 2, 2021

Eternally Banned

 Okay, so I went to see my doctor yesterday.  I got yelled at for taking too many Over the Counter meds.  "They'll burn out your liver!"  Now I have to follow the numbers.  An MRI is being scheduled to assess the arthritis.  Because the pain goes down the front of my legs, he suspects the damage as reached the L2 and L3 vertebrae.  We talked about possible surgery and he seemed rather pleased when I opted out of that treatment.  I'd be satisfied with pain management, where every 3 - 4 months I get a shot.  I've read too many bad things about the surgery.

I also got my yearly flu shot and the first of 2 shingles shots, so both of my shoulders are a bit sore this morning.

Took this shot of Biggie yesterday.  He does this when he's trying to guilt me into giving him a dog biscuit.  It never works.  Instead, I moisturize his nose with balm... and then he gets a little biscuit.


I saw where Loser #45 is attempting to get his Twitter account reactivated.  If, by chance, this happens, make sure everyone you know signs up.  I do believe a constant barrage of people calling him a Loser would definitely result in some Lava Level rage, enough to get him banned eternally.


Friday, October 1, 2021

Here I Go

Well, here we go.  Friday, October 1 has arrived and I have a doctor's appointment this morning.  This is actually a preliminary visit in order to set up a second appointment with an orthopedic specialist.  I actually have pictures of my MRI from 6 years ago to take along.  Always be prepared.

My next part-time schedule was posted and they have me working 29.5 hours, four days.  Once October 11 rolls around and everything is 'official,' I'm going to take Monday, Wednesday and Friday out of my availability.  I want to insure that part-time truly is part-time.  Supposedly they're going to replace my fulltime position, however we will be heading into winter hours after Black Friday, so that will probably not happen until sometime in late February or early March.

For those interested in my writing process, I made this short video.  That's right, you'll get to hear me speaking in my 1950's documentary voice.


I saw where Justice Samuel Alito spit out some sort of tripe about those claiming the Court has become horrifically biased towards the Right.  What surprised me most was this belief he has that the Supreme Court is above judgement.  You can almost hear him saying we are stupid, they are not.  I thought his use of the word 'nefarious' was sadly poetic, as he attempted to justify what they do behind closed doors.  Doesn't it seem like some of the justices are going overboard in an attempt to cover up their bias?  Amy Coney Phony claims their not political hacks.  Thomas rails that Americans will destroy the institution.  Now Alito is saying that 'what happens in the dark, stays in the dark,' but that they're not being nefarious.  Doesn't it seem as thought they've become very defensive about their shift to the Right?  Unfortunately, just like pad prophets interpreting the scriptures, they will interpret the Constitution in a way that tickles their jolly button the best.

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Way Less Sad

 The temps this morning were a brisk 48 (F), so I did what comes naturally, turned on the heat.  There was a time when I would wait as long as  possible.  That stopped a few years back.  Living in Central PA, where we have boodles of natural gas, and using that same fossil fuel to heat and cook with, my expenses are fairly... well, inexpensive, around $600 a year for cooking, hot water, and heating.

And, speaking of gas, the UK's having problems getting petrol to their stations.  Truck (and or lorry, which ever you prefer) drivers are needed.  This is partially, or mostly, a Brexit problem, depending upon whom your listening to or reading.  Evidently many of the drivers were foreign nationals and they either went home, or don't have the correct paperwork, to continue driving.  

China's having problems, too.  Good for Xi.  The country's still mostly dependent upon coal and there are problems getting it to the factories that need it... and... well, things are beginning to shut down.  Of course, they're also experiencing this little credit issue with one of their largest companies defaulting on their $120 million loan payments.  And Xi is not having an okay day.  Maybe he should listen to a little AJR.  Maybe he should set the bar a little lower and then maybe he'd be a lot less sad.


And in case no one has heard this yet, the Orange Anus and his racist MAGA Pac have fired Corey Lewandowski for groping and sexually harassing a woman in Vegas.  Gee, he must have really believed that 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.'  Of course, there are also the rumors running rampant on social media that ol' Corey has been coring Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota.  She's been denying everything, though now that Corey's freed up from his duties with the MAGA Pac he's going to have some extra time on his hands.  Maybe Kristi needs some help with her re-election campaign.  Or, maybe, if Kristi wants to feel way less sad, she should sing a little AJR.



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Pensive Lily

 Well, you might say that we are officially in the sweat pants / sweat shirt season.  Outside temps this morning were in the mid 50's (F).  There was a time when these temps signaled  it was time to put away our shorts and T-shirts.  Not any more.  I work with people who wear shorts all year round.  Believe it or not, the same thing used to be true with sneakers.  Odd how things change as we adapt.  

As I'd said, I'm looking at my subscriptions since my income is going to be halved in a few weeks.  One of them is the NYT - I pay $17 a month for the digital edition.  That's $4.25 per week.  That's not much in the scheme of things, so that one is going to stay on the books.  A subscription to the Dallas Morning News costs $5.00 per week.  I am not subscribed because I think that's way too expensive for a regional paper.  While the articles provide more gist, those details are far too focused on localized happenings for someone who is not a resident of the state.

I took this pic of Lily yesterday.  She looks so pensive, doesn't she?  Actually, Seig had one of 'her' toys in the living room.  In case you didn't know, every toy is 'her' toy.



So, I just got a schedule update from work.  I'm now working in Paint from 10:30 - 3:00.  That's interesting since with my back issues I can't lift 5 gallon buckets of paint.  

One of the myths about America I wish we could change is that this is the land of opportunity.  While true 100 years ago when the country was still expanding, this is no longer the case.  Poor immigrants coming to this country end up trading one desolation for another.  They don't understand there are white politicians in many states who see them as a scourge needing to be supported, and it's not only white politicians.  Immigrants are the backbone of America.  Yet there does need to be some sort of reality check for those seeking to come into this country.  We are not always the answer they think we are.  We are not that shining city on the hill.



Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Party of Selfishness and Greed

 I ended up taking a personal day yesterday, not because of my back but rather I knew they were forecasting rain today, my regularly scheduled day off.  My lawn was in desperate need of being mowed and Justin was unavailable. 

An hour was also spent with Microsoft - printer issues, 2nd time in a week.  This tech seems to believe there's something wrong with the current document I'm working on, i.e. The Body in Repose, that keeps me from printing select pages.  However, I tried printing select pages from The Body in the Well and had the same issue.  He chose not to take that into account.  I can print off the entire document, or I can print individual pages.  What I like to do is print off chapters, that, however, is not happening.  Feel free to utter an obscenity or two, like me.

And I did buy myself a new, little printer table.  Not so cute, but useful.


Perhaps the most unnewsworthy bit from a 'tell all' book on Loser #45 is the bit not even making headlines: that Trump told Putin he'd be tough on him while the camera rolled.  This is from Stephanie Grisham's new 'ode to evil' attempt to cash in on her year as a press secretary, a press secretary who didn't hold a single press conference.  Ouch.  Notice, there's no link.  She's basically prostituting that year, taking notes without making a single comment on what she now claims was going on behind the public's back.  Do you notice a trend here?  Republicans prostituting their time with the Orange Anus in order to grow their own bank account.  But than, they are the party of Selfishness and Greed, so there's no real surprise here.




Monday, September 27, 2021

Tasty!

 And so, another work week begins, the last one I will have to work 40 hours.  I took a vacation day next week so I'm only in for 32.  After that, 3 day work weeks should become my norm.

Forecasters are predicting a high in the low 80's (F) today.  Accuweather says that from now on the temps are going to drop into what is considered the average range for fall: nights in the 50's (F) and days in the low to mid 70's (F).  This is fine.  What needs to happen is the rain needs to stop.  Tomorrow again the fore forecast is for showers, on and off, and on and off.  Damn.

One of the things I've done in prepping for retirement, is create a spreadsheet (before retail I was in accounting) detailing income / expenses.  Today I'm going to set up a separate page detail my subscriptions.  This will be interesting.  One of the things we cable cutters like to tell ourselves is that this is a way to save money.  Today I'm going to find out just how much I'm spending.  The nice thing about subscriptions, is that they're easy to cancel.  

One of the Specialists I work with is from Kurdistan.  Every 2 years she goes home for a few months.  This time she brought back sweets for the department.  Delicious.  Addictive.  Pistachios and walnuts in just about everything.  Kurdish baklava is different from Greek baklava, but just as heavenly.  We rarely get traditional food that hasn't been Americanized.  Believe me, this was a real treat!


There was an interesting bit this morning in the NYT about Covid and how those who voted for the Orange Anus are those now paying the price.  In Wyoming, Montana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and a Alaska, the unvaccinated are paying with serious hospitalization and death.  For those red voters, this is freedom, a gamble of life and death.  Democratic voters, already a majority in America, can only see their ratio increase as more red voters lose their bad fight.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

All the Daves

 Well, here it is Sunday.  This isn't going to be a day of rest for me.  Eight hours of work have been scheduled.  My last full work week is upon me, starting tomorrow.  I am satisfied.

At work we're going through our Bonus Celebration.  My last full time bonus will be my best ever.  That's nice, too.  Today they're brining in the ice cream truck.  Home made ice cream.  We can get to choose what we want.  Yummy.  Yesterday we had personal pan pizzas made by a local Mom & Pop, they were delicious.

Here's a little known fact:  There are approximately 180 associates in my store.  Thirteen of them (13) are named Dave.  Whether we are all 'Beloved' is difficult to say.  Yesterday, while I was eating my personal pan pizza, I was talking to Dave K.  He's 87 years old and works part-time for something to do during the week.  Another associate, sitting at another table asked me about my back, and Dave K asked what's wrong.  I replied, "arthritis."  He looked at me for a surprised second and then said, "you, you're too young for arthritis."  When I told him how old I was he made a face and said, "well, you look good for your age, I thought you were around 55."  I'll take that.

And it's not only my dahlias that are blooming.  There are still roses on more than a few of bushes, too.


I did read an odd opinion regarding the Republican run states which provided a supposition as to why their governors should be so against masking and vaccines.  Personally, I'll have to qualify this as fringe writing, the thesis being that hospitals filled with sick and dying Covid patients are breaking the economy, and Republicans see a broken economy as a win, win situation when it comes to the mid-terms.  There are 2 problems with this rationale:  1, the economy is slowing down, not breaking, because this is not a national occurrence; 2, the governors of the states where this is happening, are spouting the same dribble as the Orange Anus, and this is the same dribble his base voters want to here.  Most likely, these governors believe, and possibly rightly so, that the MAGA base will ignore these hospitalizations and deaths.  Honestly, that seems to be a more likely possibility.  I say, more power to them, and if you're still alive by the time the mid-terms roll around vote blue.



Saturday, September 25, 2021

The New Commandment

 And the mood of the day is???? 

Holy Moly!  I got almost 7 hours sleep last night with only a short (28 minute) heating pad session around 0330.  I have not gotten that much sleep in a long time.  And  it's wonderful!  My body battery is recharged, at least that's what my Fenix 6 Pro tells me.  I could easily slip in another few winks, but I do have to work today.

I bought a new shower head before I left work yesterday, this one includes a 'hand held' that I may use sometimes.  This is replacing a Delta that sprayed out the shower door onto the floor.  This was more of a nuisance rather than a hazard, having to mop up the floor every time I showered.

And some of my dahlias in the backyard have finally begun blooming.


Not surprisingly, the Republicans are still moving ahead with their phony audits in a number of states.  At this point, they are on only hoping to sow discord among their base, pushing the concept there's fraud in every election they lose.  This is merely a reflection of their Savior, the Orange Anus' own ego.  Oh, and speaking of Loser #45, I understand he had one of his minions remove praise  of Cyber Ninja because not only did they failed to feed his Big Lie, they reported he had lost by an even larger margin.

And not a small number of Texans woke up yesterday to discover that overnight their groveling governor had cowed his head to the Orange Anus; there is going to be an audit in several counties even though the Anus won the state.  Evidently, the OA has set forth a new commandment:  Let there be an audit to grow disatisfaction.


Friday, September 24, 2021

Gravely Disappointed

 Evidently Fall arrived during the night.  The temp this morning is a cool 52 (F).  How happy I am not to be disappointed.  I've checked several temperature readings, both online and in my house, and I'm pleased to say there is no evidence of temperature fraud.  That 52 (F) is accurate.

My schedule has been posted for my first week of part-time employment.  I work 3 eight hour days, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Thursday and Saturday I start at 0900, so I may be the opener.  Total hours?  24.  I don't find that disappointing in the least.  That was my goal.  Timely hours that allow me to have more 'me' time at home.

We did receive another couple of inches of rain yesterday.  Some found its way into my basement, not much.  In some places, maybe 1/4 of an inch, while other areas stayed bone dry.  I'm not disappointed by that at all.  Hopefully, I will be wrong and Climate Change will not turn us into a Tropical Rain Forest.  Personally, I think that would be a winning situation.

Oh, and remember that Arizona Audit, the one in Maricopa County?  The results are going to be published today.  A draft of the report has been circulating.  Fasten your seatbelts people, the results are going to be devastating...


for Republicans.  You see, the truth is the Orange Anus lost by even more votes than previously recorded. That squishy sound you hear in the background?  That's what 130+ congressmen in the House squirming around as they shit in their shorts.  One of the articles I ready said "Republicans are going to be Gravely Disappointed."  That's an understatement.  But don't worry, they will try to obfuscate The Big Lie.  They will start to shriek that 'inconsistencies' found mean they need to overhaul the voting laws.  Nope.  The time has come to hold this liars accountable for their actions.  Take the power of their lie away from them.  Vote them out of offices.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Bummerland

Well a happy Thursday to you all.  Here in Central PA we have rain... lotsa rain.  In fact, we're stuck in a band of rain moving north, and while I'm not going to get another 7 inches, the possibility exists for at least 4 more.  My lawn continues to grow... fast.  Since I'm off on Tuesday, I'll have to drag out my little electric mower and once again shear it off before it becomes a field.  If I had a little more land, I might consider buying a goat or two.

Normally, as the weather gets colder the leaves begin turning colors... well, here they turn yellow.  The leaves on my river birch rarely change color, they simply fall.  And so far, while we've had temps down in the 60's (F) at night, there is no sign of Fall actually arriving.  With that being said, this article in the Washington Post came as no surprise.  One of our seasons is getting longer, while the other 3 are all getting shorter.  We may have celebrated the autumnal equinox, however when autumn will actually arrive is still in question?  late October perhaps?  

That's not me

And, as climate change continues to effect the world, remember, when things get to bad for people they will move.  Of course, the idea of a group of people migrating because climate change has made their lives impossible  is something Conservatives never consider, especially the faux Cracker Jack Crazies, mostly because what's happening in Guatemala is way outside their sphere of Consciousness.  Perhaps if they weren't so focused on their 'me' principle, you know what I'm talking about.  "If it doesn't effect me, it's no concern of mine."

So many don't realize we're getting very close to Bummerland.









Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pursuing the truth

 Well, my weekend is over.  Back to work.  Will today be busy?  I have my doubts.  Rain is in the forecast.  Yes, it's going to rain again.  Forecasters are predicting between 2 and 4 inches.  Tomorrow as well.  Remember what I said about Central PA turning into a Rain Forest?  I would really hate to be right on this one.

Fall is here.  I'm glad.  While I don't mind the heat of summer, I'm more comfortable with the coolness of the transitional seasons, spring and fall.  Truthfully, winter doesn't bother me too much either.  I don't think I could ever be a snowbird, someone who maintains a residence in the south specifically for the winter months.  I don't think I could ever be a seasonal gypsy, like that.  I enjoy the year round personalization I have with my house because snowbirds do leave things behind.



I saw where the Orange Anus is suing his niece for $100 million.  She says he's throwing as much shit at the wall as possible hoping something sticks.  But hasn't that always been the case?  An integral part of his reputation is the constant filing of lawsuits creating overwhelming headaches and expenses for his enemies.  And it's over the NYT articles regarding his taxes.  Oh, and his spawn named Eric has had one of his lawyers drop from his defense team.  I do believe that's an 'ouch.'    And not surprisingly, Loser #45's campaign new there was no voter fraud and allowed his claims to continue, just like all of his other baseless lawsuits.  They're trying to make it too expensive to simply pursue the truth.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Trim This

 Yesterday I got my hair cut short.  Short means fewer visits to the barber, though yesterday's visit was a bit surreal.  My barber yesterday was a middle-aged, tatted man who I saw, when he smiled, was missing some teeth.  Shortly after he had begun trimming with a scissors, he told me that he had gotten to work late because his son had been suspended from school, and he had been the one to pick him up and take him home.  The reason for the suspension?  His son had made a video of himself destroying school property and posted it on TikTok, part of the 'delicious licks' trend.  My barber proceeded to tell me that he also knew a lot about bad kids, since he had been one, having gone to jail 3 times (that's right, he told me he had been in jail 3 times).  And what did I do?  Laugh.  Seriously, for all his seriousness, he was funny as hell, and he knew it.  He got a nice tip.


My laser printer is now working again.  It took a tech from Microsoft to tell me what I already knew, that one of their recent updates had turned off certain printing aspects.  That was amusing, too.  He was remotely working in my laptop trying to find the problem while I chatted with him.  He say he was going to try something and I'd say that I had already tried it and it didn't work... and he tried it anyway.  He ended up reverting to the previous version of Word installed prior to the update.  I could only wonder how many others that update had effected adversely.

And, of course, the political hacks of the Supreme Court have decided to take up the Mississippi abortion law on December 1, which means we should find out their decision next June, right before the 2022 midterms.  Will there be a yea or a nay for Roe v. Wade?  Republicans are hoping for a nay, believing such a decision will flood the polls with happy conservatives.  You see, they still believe in the 'silent majority' spoken of by that dolt Reagan.  Such a decision will only hasten the demise of the Republican Party and emblazon the moniker 'political hack' in every mention of Alito, Thomas, and Barrett for eternity because they completely denied the necessity of having a Centrist Constitution.

They will never learn. Vote Blue.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Approaching Fall

Okay, so my weekend has just begun.  My back is only slightly cranky.  The temp is a crisp 59 (F), so I have some windows open letting in the cool morning air.  In a few days we'll hit the Autumn Equinox and fall will be official.  Interestingly enough, here in Central PA, we have one of the longest fall foliage seasons because we're smack, dab between the north and the south.  Occasionally we get bright, brilliant colors, but mostly we're rather subdued.

I did an adjustment to my work availability.  They can schedule me Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  That way I'm guaranteed a day off between shifts.  The way it had originally been set up in the system, it was possible for them to schedule me 5 days in a row.  That's not why I'm going part-time.

Last evening, when I got home from work, I updated the drivers in my printer.  Evidently a large update happened back in March and I didn't receive notification.  I didn't try printing anything yet because, well, honestly, if it doesn't work I'll just have to get another laser printer.  

If the barbershop is open today, I'm going to get a haircut.  Believe me, I need one.

Here are some tasty tidbits of information:

For years we've been told to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  Now they've discovered hydration is different for every one.  8 glasses might be too much for some people, and not enough for others.  I read this and thought, hell, this is what happens whey you try and standardize everything.

Most of us with event the slightest bit of savviness have know this next one for a long, long time.  White, Cracker Jack Crazy Christians are really in it for the power.  Even though they might claim they're working for a higher power, the dark secret in their hearts is that all they're concerned about is the power to dictate and control.  Oh, and many believe in white supremacy because they they've convinced themselves they have chosen.  

And finally. the Hillsborough, Florida GOP have a bit of a problem.  It seems their anti-vax, anti-mask bookkeeper was a software developer who wrote the application for the finances.  Unfortunately, he was wrong about the vaxxing, and the masking, and died of Covid last week without telling anyone how to access their financial information.  Ouch!!







Sunday, September 19, 2021

Updates

 So, the dogs got me up this morning at 0430.  Earlier then I usually get up.  My back was, as usual, stiff, and they didn't want to be patient.  When doggy bladders are full, doggies want to go... badly.  Like me, they can be impatient.  So they sat staring at me for 15 minutes while I let the heating pad get in its morning work and loosen up the sticky parts in my back.  Mostly, they were very patient.

Thinking about my availability for my new part-time schedule, one change is going to be made.  Saturday is going to be made unavailable.  Right now there are only 2 days in which I cannot be scheduled.  That's going to go to 3.  For me, part-time is not defined as 5 five hour days.

While working on a new book, one of the things that happens is every new chapter gets printed off and put into a binder.  That way notes can be made directly on the manuscript and there isn't a rainbow blizzard of post-it notes covering my desk.  Three days ago there was a problem with the printer.  Emails printed, nothing else.  Can we talk about frustration?  Nothing is more frustrating then having a routine crash.  The problem turned out to be the printer had gone offline.  I'm blaming one of the many Microsoft updates being done as they prep for Windows 11.


In other updates:

The little rally protesting the arrest of those involved in the January 6 attempted coup turned out to be very little.  One report noted there were more media people present than protesters. 

The Newsom landslide in California should not be seen as a bell weather moment.  He avoided recall by almost exactly the same amount of votes as he got when he won the election.  Translation?  Republicans did not cross the line.  Minority groups don't win elections... normally.

The 2020 Census is beginning to create a morass of gerrymandering changes in Republican states.  Prepare for lawsuits.  The minority Republican party will never understand their attempt to force the country down a conservative path will lead to anger, frustration, and upheaval, and they are the ones who will end up paying the price.

Vote blue.




Saturday, September 18, 2021

Submarined

 And the weekend has begun.  For me, that's a working weekend.

Yesterday, I set up the hours I'm available to work.  There are only 2 days in which I cannot be scheduled.  Being a part-timer means I will never have to work on Tuesday and Friday.  For the rest of the days of the week I'm open between 8 am to 8 pm.  Remember, I can only work around 25 hours a week.  Since there are 2 other full time Flooring specialists, I will probably be covering their days off, so I'm figuring I'll be working 3 days a week to cover their days off.  

Today is the last day they are forecasting to be in the 80's (F).  The autumn equinox is upon us.  Last year we had fairly warm fall season. Not much rain.  That's fine.  We really don't need anymore rain, though they're calling for showers today.  

And what about the brouhaha between France and America.  They had a deal with Australia who it seems pretty much reneged on it.  Submarines.  68 Billion dollars worth of subs.  That's a lot.  I'd be pissed off as hell, too.  But if I read correctly, the deal is actually between the US, Australia, and the UK. And I don't hear them shrieking at Boris Johnson's government.  So, now we're selling Australia the subs (ours are nuclear), but it's not like Americans in general are going to make any money.  Really, I think they should blame China.


Oh, I almost forgot, today's the day they gather in Washington to celebrate their failed coup.  Losers all around.  The fact that so many Republicans have jumped aboard the Big Lie train tells you quite a bit about them and none of it is good.  They began selling off their souls a long time ago.  They really have no concern for human life.  They deny climate change.  They focus on greed.  They cite religion and then side step it constantly.  They have no problem walking over the downtrodden.  They idealized their own image and turned it into a deity.  They are a dead end and nothing more.  And the culmination of all of these traits is to die off because they turned the idea of being safe into a political position from which there is no escape.